Ottawa River House by Christopher Simmonds Architect

No matter what the distance, the trip home from the city pays off at this riverside residence.

To say that one can see “Parliament Hill” from Ottawa River House might be romancing the concept a little bit. Some sixteen kilometers (10 miles) from point to point, the spire tip of the Peace Tower  (92.2m/302 ft 6 in) should be visible on a good day. From the beach just around the corner on Nesbitt St. you can see there’s a skyline, but maybe not the Hill.  Two or three kilometers closer at Dick Bell Park nothing about the Ottawa city skyline is really clear. Once you get six or seven kilometers downriver at the Britannia Water Purification Plant things are beginning to clear up but the spire is still elusive. Finally, at Bate Island – about six kilometers from Parliament Hill – spire-like artifacts are visible through the tree cover and Panoramio images confirm our quarry. From the Portage Bridge at ~1.3km the view is certain.

Parliament Buildings from outside and inside:


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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Ottawa River House by Christopher Simmonds Architect

From the architect:

To move through this home on the Ottawa River is to enjoy a carefully orchestrated sequence of encounters with its picturesque natural setting. Views and light penetrate the spatial composition throughout its interlocking interior volumes.

The starting point for the planning of this house was to identify a place on the site which afforded a view of Parliament Hill, and to locate the principal living spaces there. An elongated entry with a natural cedar planked ceiling brings visitors by way of the southerly courtyard to the very core of the site and the home. The result is a home with stunning views, and which enjoys both an intimate connection with the courtyard and a more expansive connection with the river.

Flooring is a combination of white porcelain tile and dark stained, quarter-sawn oak. Cabinets in dark stained ash contrast similarly with the white quartz countertops.


Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Completion: 2012
Photography: Double Space Photography